Tánaiste To Meet EU Chief Negotiator

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is set to meet Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, today, 18 February, in Brussels.

The officials are expected to discuss the situation at Westminster, as the UK government pursues legal changes to the withdrawal agreement.

Also headed to Brussels today is Stephen Barclay, the UK's Brexit secretary.

Speaking ahead of the delegation, Mr Coveney said he plans to address "the further reassurances that can be given to Britain".

He continued: "Brexit is a British decision driven by Britain's red lines. The withdrawal agreement represents compromise on both sides after a detailed negotiation.

"Unfortunately it appears a small caucus of MPs representing a minority in Westminster are willing to cause a 'no deal' Brexit. This must be prevented by those with the power to do so."


Related Irish News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

21 March 2024
Call For Education On Violence Against Women And Girls
The Education Minister, Paul Givan, has been challenged by the SDLP on the proposed introduction of mandatory education around violence against women and girls in schools.
13 March 2024
First And Deputy First Minister To Celebrate St Patrick's Day In US
The First and Deputy First Minister will travel to the United States this week for a series of St Patrick's Day engagements in Washington DC. The visit will focus on showcasing the local economy and develop key relationships and networks across the U.S. Ministers will attend the NI Bureau Breakfast, Ireland Funds Gala, a meeting with the U.S.
16 January 2019
Govt Ramps Up Preparations For No-Deal Brexit
The Government has said it will intensify its preparations for a no-deal Brexit after MP's in Westminster voted to reject the Withdrawal Agreement that UK Prime Minister Theresa May had struck with the EU.
21 August 2019
Exporting Businesses Encouraged To Answer '12 Brexit Essential' Questions
Ireland's exporting businesses are being encouraged to answer Enterprise Ireland's 12 'Brexit Essential' questions, which aims to further prepare and take action ahead of the UK's impending withdrawal from the EU.
05 September 2019
Getting Your Business Brexit Ready
The government has launched a new campaign to highlight practical steps Irish businesses must take to prepare for the UK's departure from the EU.